Leadership and Management

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6 Districts Invested in Principals and Saw Dramatic Gains. Dozens More Will Try to Do the Same

Reading and math scores rose dramatically in districts that focused heavily on improving the ranks of principals. Now an effort is under way to replicate that success in nearly 100 other school districts around the country. (February 11, 2020)

Leaders to Learn From

Education Week Leaders To Learn From
In this annual report, Education Week's Leaders To Learn From spotlights district-level leaders from across the country who seized on creative but practical approaches to improving their school systems and put those ideas to work.

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Education Week Quizzes

Quiz Yourself: Principal Leadership
How are states regulating principal-preparation programs, what does ESSA say about training school leadership, and how do “niche” principal-training programs aim to train more-effective school leaders?

Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About School Finance?
What is the relationship between school demographics and school budget, how can districts allocate new funding, and how outdated are school funding formulas?

SPECIAL REPORTS

Special Report: Managing the Money
This Education Week special report puts the focus on what those on the hot seat—superintendents, principals, and other local leaders—actually do with the funding they get and what stands in the way of their making better use of it.

Principals Under Pressure
Principals have the hardest job in schools. They must answer to the central office, be responsive to parents, support and coach their teachers, and build relationships with students. How can one person do all of this well and keep a healthy work-life balance?

Technology Counts 2018
This year’s report takes a hard look at what principals are thinking and doing about some of the most vexing technology issues in their schools.

Inside the Principal-Teacher Relationship
Education Week talked to dozens of principals about strategies for building strong partnerships with teachers and heard from many teachers about what they need most from school leaders.

Infographics

From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one until recently.

State Superintendent Salaries: How Much Do They Make?
State superintendents in recent years have been given increased responsibilities, but in many cases their salaries have not kept pace. That's had implications for recruitment and retention.

We Asked About School Finance. What Did Districts Say?
To learn more about what those on the front lines of managing school finance think of the challenges they face, the Education Week Research Center in August fielded an online survey to a nationally representative sample of school principals and district-level administrators.

District Dossier Blog

05/20 04:26 pm | 10 Ways to Make the Final Days of Virtual School Fun | A principal shares the Zoom-based activities that she and her teachers dreamed up to replace the typical end-of-school-year fun.

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Public school advocates have a long wish list even as state policymakers weigh whether to fatten "rainy day" funds instead of pumping surplus cash into schools.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
In Denver, teachers will go on strike Monday to protest a performance-pay system that’s been in place for 15 years. The dispute is illustrative of a larger national shift away from differentiated pay.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
In Los Angeles, striking teachers wanted more nurses, services for immigrants, and green spaces, in addition to better pay. Will unions around the country begin bringing broader social concerns to the bargaining table?
January 25, 2019 – Education Week
Robin DiAngelo, the white author who coined the term “white fragility,” explains the sensitivity that prevents productive conversations about race.
January 24, 2019 – Education Week
With the first charter school strike in the books—and teachers coming out victorious—experts say both unions and charter schools may need to rethink how they’ve long operated.
December 14, 2018 – Education Week
Strong partnerships are crucial between schools and parents of students with disabilities. Both can take steps to keep the relationship civil and productive.
December 5, 2018 – Education Week
Meet three outstanding educators—the first in Education Week’s 2019 class of Leaders To Learn From—who are single-minded in their pursuit of opportunity and excellence on behalf of their students, their teachers, and their communities.
December 4, 2018 – Education Week
State Assembly member Tony Thurmond ultimately prevailed over former charter school executive Marshall Tuck in a contest that drew more than $50 million in outside campaign spending.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
Funding shouldn't have the last word on how you run your school, write Oklahoma K-12 leaders Nathan Gray and Jon Myers.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week
Leadership is a test. One very busy principal explains how he learned to pass.
November 28, 2018 – Education Week

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